Cold Storage, Alaska

Cold Storage, Alaska

Large Print - 2014
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Returning to his Alaska hometown after a prison term in the hopes of repaying the younger brother who has cared for their family and community, Clive finds his efforts to start a new business challenged by a vengeful ex-partner, a dogmatic State Trooper and his own deteriorating mental state.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Description: 411 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781410470188
Branch Call Number: LP Stra
Additional Contributors: Straley, John, 1953- Cold Storage, Alaska


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Sep 26, 2015

Charming, quirky, lovely read. Author is fearless in creating oddball characters and inserting unexpected plot twists. Pace is slow but it feels good that way. The book isn't overly long and the pace suits the setting in a remote fishing village in a cold wet place where life is simple, people are offbeat, salmon is fresh, and solitude and depression are real. Characters have histories that aren't over explained. Author John Straley injects irony and lightheartedness into life's hard knocks so that no character, good or bad, is allowed to take themselves too seriously. Straley steeps you in the setting without Steinbeckian descriptions and writes vivid scenes that stay with you like short films. It's one of the few books I would own to revisit the tone and Straley's way of describing life and people.

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